History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​January 29​> and I will attend <​as many as convenient​> them. Tell the people we have had Whig and democratic Presidents long enough; we want a President of the . If I ever get into the Presidential chair, I will protect the people in their rights and liberties. I will not electioneer for myself— , , , and must go. must go or he will apostatize. The Whigs are striving for a king under the garb of democracy. There is oratory enough in the church to carry me into the Presidential chair the first slide.”
Captn. White of was at the last night, [HC 6:188] and this morning drank a toast: “May all your enemies be skinned, and their skins be made into drum heads for your friends to beat upon.” Also “May become the empire seat of Government.”
I—— dictated to the heads of my pamphlet entitled. “Views on the powers and policy of the Government of the ”.
A Millerite lecturer came into the office with , about 5 p. m. I had some conversation with him about the definition of the Greek word Hades, and the Hebrew word Shoal &c..
He lectured in the evening in the Hall.
Prayer Meeting at Elder ’s.
wrote the following expostulatory epistle to the Citzens of , through the Signal;—
Jan 29. 1844
Dear Sir, I have received the copy of the proceedings and resolutions of a meeting of the citizens of , which you did me the honor to send me.
I have observed with regret that occasions have been presented, for disturbing the peace of your : and if I knew what I could legally do to apply a corrective, I would be very ready to do it. But if you are a lawyer, or at all conversant with the law, you will know that I, as a Governor, have no right to interfere in your difficulties.
As yet, I believe that there has been nothing like war among you: and I hope that all of you, will have the good sense to see the necessity of preserving peace. If there is anything wrong in the charters, or in the mode of administering them, you will see that nothing short of legislative or judicial power is capable of enforcing a remedy. I myself had the honor of calling the attention of the legislature to this subject at the last Session; but a large majority of both political parties in that body, either did not see the evil which you complain of; or if they did they repeatedly refused to correct it. And yet a call is made upon me to do that which all parties refused to do at <​the​> last Session. I have also been called upon to take away the arms from the Mormons: to raise the militia to arrest a supposed fugitive; and in fact to repeal some of the ordinances of the city of . is justly famed for its intelligence; and I cannot [HC 6:189] believe that any of its citizens are so ignorant as not to know that [p. 1870]
January 29 and I will attend as many as convenient . Tell the people we have had Whig and democratic Presidents long enough; we want a President of the . If I ever get into the Presidential chair, I will protect the people in their rights and liberties. I will not electioneer for myself— , , , and must go. must go or he will apostatize. The Whigs are striving for a king under the garb of democracy. There is oratory enough in the church to carry me into the Presidential chair the first slide.”
Captn. White of was at the last night, [HC 6:188] and this morning drank a toast: “May all your enemies be skinned, and their skins be made into drum heads for your friends to beat upon.” Also “May become the empire seat of Government.”
I—— dictated to the heads of my pamphlet entitled. “Views on the powers and policy of the Government of the ”.
A Millerite lecturer came into the office with , about 5 p. m. I had some conversation with him about the definition of the Greek word Hades, and the Hebrew word Shoal &c..
He lectured in the evening in the Hall.
Prayer Meeting at Elder ’s.
wrote the following expostulatory epistle to the Citzens of , through the Signal;—
Jan 29. 1844
Dear Sir, I have received the copy of the proceedings and resolutions of a meeting of the citizens of , which you did me the honor to send me.
I have observed with regret that occasions have been presented, for disturbing the peace of your : and if I knew what I could legally do to apply a corrective, I would be very ready to do it. But if you are a lawyer, or at all conversant with the law, you will know that I, as a Governor, have no right to interfere in your difficulties.
As yet, I believe that there has been nothing like war among you: and I hope that all of you, will have the good sense to see the necessity of preserving peace. If there is anything wrong in the charters, or in the mode of administering them, you will see that nothing short of legislative or judicial power is capable of enforcing a remedy. I myself had the honor of calling the attention of the legislature to this subject at the last Session; but a large majority of both political parties in that body, either did not see the evil which you complain of; or if they did they repeatedly refused to correct it. And yet a call is made upon me to do that which all parties refused to do at the last Session. I have also been called upon to take away the arms from the Mormons: to raise the militia to arrest a supposed fugitive; and in fact to repeal some of the ordinances of the city of . is justly famed for its intelligence; and I cannot [HC 6:189] believe that any of its citizens are so ignorant as not to know that [p. 1870]
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